Silence. It’s an underrated thing in our faith. How long we can go on in a day without saying a word? Even if our mouths are shut, how about our thoughts? How often we just shut our minds from anything else and just think about Him? Only Him.
I’m not an avid practitioner of silence. I might be the opposite of it. But recently I finally found the absolute satisfaction of just being quiet for Him. It’s getting easier and addictive for me. Even when He himself being silent toward me. Really thank God for that.
St. Faustina mentioned perfectly about silence in her diary. Here are some quotes from her books that touched me about silence.
I want to be a quiet dwelling place for Jesus to rest in (1021).
Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle. A talkative soul will never attain sanctity. The sword of silence will cut off everything that would like to cling to the soul. We are sensitive to words and quickly want to answer back, without taking any regard as to whether it is God’s will that we should speak. A silent soul is strong; no adversities will harm it if it perseveres in silence. The silent soul is capable of attaining the closest union with God. It lives almost always under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God works in a silent soul without hindrance (477).
The Holy Spirit does not speak to a soul that is distracted and garrulous. He speaks by His quiet inspirations to a soul that is recollected, to a soul that knows how to keep silence. If silence were strictly observed, there would not be any grumbling, bitterness, slandering, or gossip, and charity would not be tarnished. In a word, many wrongs would not be done. SILENT LIPS ARE PURE GOLD AND BEAR WITNESS TO HOLINESS WITHIN (552).
Our Lord Jesus Christ too finds pleasure in us when we observe silence.
The Lord Gave me to know how displeased He is with a talkative soul. I find no rest in such a soul. The constant din tires Me, and in the midst of it soul cannot discern My voice (1008).
Strive for a life of recollection so that you can hear My voice, which is so soft that only recollected souls can hear it (1779).
But of course, our Lord wouldn’t want us to keep silent all the time.
Keeping silent when one ought to speak is an imperfection and sometimes even a sin (553).
I can imagine Him singing to us, “You said it best, when you said nothing at all.”